Alaska Airlines Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder primarily supports youth and education in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington. Online applications are accepted throughout the year.

FUNDING AREAS: Youth, education, emergency medicine, medical research, community outreach

IP TAKE:  Focus your grant request on educational and workforce development efforts that address a unique need or add value to a local community. Medical requests can’t come from individuals.

PROFILE: The Alaska Airlines Foundation is part of the airline company’s corporate giving strategy, which serves the communities where a significant number of its employees live and work. This giving dates back over 35 years; Alaska Airline has invested over $45 million in cash and in-kind donations over a recent five-year period.  

Topics of interest are youth, education, emergency medicine, medical research, and community outreach. Education support typically goes towards mentorship efforts, leadership support, and workforce development. Health and human service grants often go to Alaska, where difficult transportation limits access to medical facilities. Complimentary airplane seats are provided to individuals who must travel for treatment. The airline partners with groups like the Special Olympics and the Make-a-Wish Foundation to grant wishes to children.

Grant applications are accepted online throughout the year, and there are no deadlines. You can apply for Alaska Airlines Foundation grants, corporate contributions such as fundraisers and sponsorships, and speaking engagements. The foundation doesn't fund general operating expenses, capital projects, individuals, multiyear commitments, and various other requests.

Foundation funding is limited to nonprofits in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington. Grants are typically $5,000 to $15,000 each. You must get your application in before April 15 to be considered for funding mid-year and by September 15 for funding before the end of the calendar year. Expect to wait up to 60 days to be notified of the foundation’s decision.

In a recent year, the foundation awarded a record $250,000 to 20 nonprofits in the areas of youth and education. In addition, Alaska Airlines as a company contributed $11.9 million in monetary and in-kind donations to nonprofits.

Aside from corporate donations, the airline company contributes through matching gifts, volunteer time, and food drives. Questions about the application process or eligibility should be directed to the foundation staff via online form. The foundation is based at 4750 International Airport Boulevard in Anchorage, Alaska. The phone numbers listed on the funder’s latest 990 form are 206-392-5719 and 907-266-7230.

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